Banksy painting destroyed in artist's prank at Sotheby's auction

Banksy painting destroyed in artist's prank at Sotheby's auction

His spray-painted art titled "Girl With Balloon" apparently self-destructed in front of collectors during an auction at Sotheby's in London on Friday, minutes after selling for $1.4 million dollars (roughly £1.04 million).

However, moments after the bid was placed an alarm sounded and the artwork "began to pass through a shredder hidden in the frame", according to Sotheby.

'We are in discussion about next steps'.

Banksy's newest bit of artistic rebellion came to fruition on Friday night, when a framed painting of one of his signature designs was sold at auction.

The canvas, representing a young girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon, had just been sold for over £1 million when it "self-destructed".

Many are suggesting that the piece could actually increase in value following the prank.

The clip shows a hooded figure putting the finishing touches on the device, before text appears on the screen saying: "In case it was ever put up for auction".

"We have not experienced this situation in the past where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist", Branczik said.

The camera angle appears the same as that in a video on Banksy's Instagram page
Image The camera angle appears the same as that in a video on Banksy's Instagram page. Pic

Anny Shaw of the Art Newspaper spoke to Alex Branczik, the auction house's head of contemporary art for Europe, who seemed as surprised as anyone.

One of Banksy's "Girl With Balloon" paintings is on display at an exhibition opening of works by the England-based street artist, at St. Petersburg's Manege Central Exhibition Hall in September.

It's unclear what will happen to the artwork from here but Branczik said it's possible that it was more valuable now.

It'll be interesting to see what Banksy has in store for fans of his work next.

Banksy rose to fame with graffiti that appeared on buildings across the United Kingdom, often marked by deeply satirical undertones.

The gallery version featured spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on a board.

Banksy is a Bristol-born artist whose true identity - despite rampant speculation - has never been revealed.

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